Apprenticeships are work based learning programmes which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. You’ll typically attend college one day per week; spending the remaining time learning on the job.

There is no upper age limit, apprentices are available to everyone.

Apprenticeships include the following basic elements:

  • A Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) competency based qualification National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
  • Functional Skills, such as communication and ICT where relevant
  • A Technical Certificate (which underpins your QCF qualification with the knowledge you will need to do the job


There are many benefits that apprenticeships bring to individuals and employers.

Individuals can earn while they learn and learn in a way that is best suited to them through hands on, on the job experience, in addition to gaining initial and transferable skills.

For employers, an Apprentice is one of the most cost effective ways to develop their business, improve productivity and enhance staff retention.

As an apprentice at Halton Borough Council you will receive a salary, pension scheme (optional), paid holidays and opportunities to progress your career.

Halton Council has a long history of supporting learning & development initiatives within the community, particularly for young people leaving education.
We recognise that a well-trained and qualified workforce underpins the Borough`s prospects and helps to ensure the continued success of local industry and business.

We will also provide full support in order to help people reach their full potential.

Applying for an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships at Halton are advertised on the main vacancy page (link)

To be considered for an apprenticeship you will need:

  • To have lived in the UK for the past 3 years
  • To be working towards the right level of English, Maths and ICT
  • To be willing to learn and apply learning at your workplace
  • To be self-motivated
  • To possess good communication skills
  • To be able to work as part of a team
  • To be committed to equality and diversity in the workplace

“As an alternative to undertaking a degree and after my A levels I undertook a landscape apprenticeship at Halton Borough Council. This consisted of:
Year 1: NVQ L2 in horticulture
Year 2: Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Certificate in horticulture

This involved 4 days learning on the job whilst working in the parks and 1 day release at college. The bit I enjoyed the most was working outdoors, working as part of a team and interacting with members of the public.

I am a Widnes lad and I want to make Halton a more attractive place to live and provide open spaces for the community to enjoy.
I consider myself fortunate because I`m passionate about this area of work and was earning a wage at the same time as improving my skills and knowledge.

At the end of my apprenticeship I was fortunate to get a full time job with the Council and this enabled me to continue with my professional development, culminating in me getting promoted earlier this year to a position of Technical Officer.

I wholeheartedly recommend an apprenticeship with Halton Borough Council.”

Paul Boardman

Apprentice, Halton Borough Council